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Monday, October 29 2001

The Reindeer Section: Y’all Get Scared Now, Ya’hear

Fans of Scottish indiepop were recently promised a full album of Belle & Sebastian songs soundtracking the new Todd Solondz movie Storytelling. The record has


Les Paul: The Best of Les Paul: 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection

Sure we’re all familiar with his technical innovations (consciously or otherwise) including contributions like –- even arguably inventing –- the solid body guitar and


Kittie: Oracle

Kittie has something to prove. The band is comprised of three women playing in the heavily male dominated genre of metal, and on top of


    Michael Jackson: Invincible

“I’m tired of being the victim of shame, you’re throwing me in a class with a bad name, I can’t believe this


Enrique Iglesias: Escape

Like fellow Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin (his most obvious rival), Enrique Iglesias wasn’t satisfied with being a huge star in the Spanish-speaking world, so


Alex Gold: Xtravaganza Mix

Trance will always have its faithful followers and relentless champions. Of all the fleeting musical trends (um, speed garage, anyone?) coming and going these days,


Jason Falkner: Bedtime with the Beatles: A Lullaby Album

When I first heard that studio whiz/multi-instrumental tour-de-force Jason Falkner was producing a CD full of all-instrumental versions of Beatle songs targeted for kids,


Broadway Project: Compassion

Only Dan Berridge could make claustrophobia sound so beautiful. Diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, Berridge packed up and moved from London to the sleepy seaside town


Saturday, October 27 2001

Various Artists: Do You Know House?

Six months ago we were drowning in Chill Out compilations. Now the record stores are groaning under the weight of innumerable History of House collections.


Various Artists: Lookout! Freakout Episode 2

When Green Day found themselves flung from the status of lowly musicians to that of music biz celebrities, it was Berkeley’s Lookout! Records that


Frank Lenz: The Hot Stuff

Oh, if only all R&B records were made this way. Imagine the Bee Gees making an art album at the peak of their


Friday, October 26 2001

Monster Massive

Richard “Humpty” Vission Mark Grant 2001 has not been a good year for the Los Angeles rave scene. The summer’s biggest event, JuJu Beats, was


Jackie-O Motherfucker: Liberation

With a name like Jackie-O Motherfucker and an album titled Liberation, you might expect agit-prop, or at least some spark-generating musical confrontation. On their second


R. L. Burnside: Burnside on Burnside

R.L. Burnside was born on November 23, 1926, in Oxford, Mississippi. A little over a year younger than B.B. King, Burnside sat out the post-WWII


The Ray Anderson Quartet: Bonemeal

There aren’t a million jazz trombonists out there composing and leading their own groups, but when one does come down the pike, they tend


Tuesday, October 23 2001

Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory

Unless you’ve been under a rock the last year, you’ll know the boys that are Linkin Park. These fortunate five may not have


Monday, October 22 2001

The Strokes

Maybe because this is Texas, maybe because they were playing an oversized barbeque joint, The Strokes took the stage like a quintet of spaghetti western


Dumbo, 60th Anniversary DVD (2001)

Now seems remarkable not only for its adorable child's tale, but for its overt depiction of Disney's peculiar brand of patriotism.


Robert Walter: There Goes the Neighborhood

Good God Almighty, it’s time to get funky! This is the kind of CD that’s guaranteed to not leave your stereo for long


Bebo Valdés: El Arte del Sabor

Three men get together for four days in New York to record a Cuban-inflected jazz album. They are pretty old: two of them are 83, one


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